Rural Salcete sees rise in illegal constructions

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March 16, 2018 at 12:30 pm #8181

Rural areas of Salcete taluka have been witnessing a rise in illegal constructions, as village panchayats have not been going by their remit.

The cases that are filed before the court of deputy director of panchayats, South Goa, indicate that illegal constructions have been on the rise in the jurisdiction of the 30 village panchayats of Salcete.

“Of the total 480 cases filed in the court of deputy director of panchayats last year challenging illegal constructions in the villages of South Goa district, maximum cases emanated from Salcete taluka,” deputy director for panchayats Snehal Prabhudesai said.

The rising cases of illegal constructions point to the fact that panchayats in Salcete are not going by their remit.

Sources said that every day the office of the deputy director of panchayat receives on an average two cases, and in a week at least three cases originate from the taluka.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’ on the condition of anonymity, an official said, “We do not know the exact reason for the rising cases involving constructions, but petitioners claim that the panchayats shy away from cracking down on illegal constructions even after complained are lodged with them attesting documentary evidence. This compels the people to move the court.”

It is understood that the panchayats in the taluka indeed discuss the constructions at their monthly meetings, but cautious panchas and sarpanchas refrain from taking any decision, placing the matter before the gram sabha.

However, it happens that in many cases there are no proposers and supporters to the cases for debate, helping contractors escape the scrutiny by villagers; and no resolution is adopted against the illegal constructions. And even in those cases where opposing resolutions are adopted the demolition squad chickens out, probably after political interference, informed sources at grassroots-level bodies said.

This piquant situation disheartens complainants, who move the court of deputy director of panchayats seeking redressal.

Concerned by the rising cases of illegal constructions, the panchayats secretary has sought explanation from the secretaries in the village panchayats, asking them as to why the cases can’t be dealt with at the panchayat level.

Source/Reference: Navhind Times, “Rural Salcete sees rise in illegal constructions

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